Costa Rica: Tortuguero

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Costa Rica

Tortuguero

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Experience the incredible diversity of Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park along its network of aquatic and walking trails through rainforest, wetlands, and beach habitat that provide superlative wildlife viewing. A riverside hotel is your comfortable base for walks and canal boat excursions (with optional fishing and kayaking) in this 50,000-acre region of the western Caribbean, a refuge for nesting sea turtles, more than 375 bird species, and endangered mammals such as river otters and manatees.

 

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San José, Costa Rica
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San José, Costa Rica
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3 days, 2 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Meals: two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners
  • Accommodations in eco-lodge
  • Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point: including a private ground transfer from San José toTortuguero; flight back to San José
  • 1½ days of guided activities including: bird watching, boat excursion, and village walk
  • National Park fees and permits
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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per person double occupancy

Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

Call 800.234.6900 to book this trip.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Day 1

Tortuguero

Tortuguero National Park, easy to moderate walk, 1-2 hours

Your exploration of Tortuguero National Park and its Caribbean lowlands, on Costa Rica’s northeastern coast, begins with a drive through banana plantations, with a stop to learn about banana harvesting and export. You arrive at the Cano Blanco river dock, where you board your private boat to ply the winding canals of this Caribbean lowland ecosystem.

Tortuguero National Park is referred to as “Costa Rica’s Amazon,” protecting one of Central America’s last large areas of tropical rainforest, as well as beaches, lagoons, and marshland—a total of 11 habitats. Crucial nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles, it is also home to jaguars, three-toed sloths, and three of Costa Rica’s four monkey species (spider, howler, and white-faced capuchin).

An easy walk begins at the village of Tortuguero, the park’s entrance, where you can learn about sea turtle conservation at the Caribbean Conservation Center. The park has no roads, rather a network of aquatic and walking trails, providing access to unsurpassed wildlife viewing. You make your way along one of these waterways to your welcoming jungle lodge, where you can unwind overlooking serene waters with a drink and dinner.

During the green turtle nesting season, from July to October, you may wish to arrange an optional tour (at your expense) to observe green sea turtle migration. Or, easy kayaking along the river ways is perfect for a little activity and animal observation.

Manatus Hotel

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Set riverside amidst manicured grounds, extensive walkways, and decks, this comfortable jungle lodge with meticulous attention to detail evokes colonial-style décor in its spacious guest rooms. Its open-air, covered fine-dining restaurant and bar serves Caribbean fusion cuisine. Spa services are available.

Day 2

Tortuguero

Morning bird walk; afternoon Tortuguero National Park canal boat tour

Awakening to tropical sounds, you may wish to partake in early-morning bird watching of some of the park’s 375 species of birds, including kingfishers, toucans, blue herons, peacocks, and parrots. This afternoon, avoiding the heat of the day, a boat tour takes you along Tortuguero’s wide-open canals, perfect for wildlife observation—perhaps this afternoon you may view howler monkeys, American crocodiles, spectacled caiman, green iguana, toucans, or many other species. Your guides’ expert spotting skills and knowledge allow you to fully appreciate the park’s diversity. Later, you return to your lodge to perhaps enjoy a swim and a drink before dinner.

For those who wish, fishing expeditions can be arranged (at your expense) from your hotel, either for novices or experts, on a specialized fishing-boat-based outing. Included in the cost are: guide, all equipment and fuel, park fees, and refreshments (snack for half-day, lunch for full-day trips). Tortuguero is accessible to both open ocean and rivers, therefore you can fish for ocean fish in the morning and river fish in the afternoon. And your catch-and-release catch may include, in the ocean: tarpon, snook, snapper, jack, barracuda, king fish, grouper, and mackerel. And on the rivers: guapote (rainbow bass), moharra, cara seca (snook family), machaca, snook, and sometimes tarpon.

Manatus Hotel

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Set riverside amidst manicured grounds, extensive walkways, and decks, this comfortable jungle lodge with meticulous attention to detail evokes colonial-style décor in its spacious guest rooms. Its open-air, covered fine-dining restaurant and bar serves Caribbean fusion cuisine. Spa services are available.

Day 3

Tortuguero

Transfer to Tortuguero airstrip for departure flight to San José

After breakfast, you make your way back by boat and then a short drive to the airstrip to catch the short (10-minute) flight to San José, from where you make connections for home or on to your next destination.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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